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Blues Talk 9:
The Devil and the Blues, Part II

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Books, links, and other useful resources (listed roughly in the order they're mentioned in the video):


Clarksdale/Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce

Mississippi Development Authority

King, Stephen A.  I’m Feeling the Blues Right Now:  Blues Tourism and the Mississippi Delta.  U Press of Mississippi, 2011.

Cheseborough, Steven.  Blues Traveling:  The Holy Sites of Delta Blues.  U Press of Mississippi, 2001.

Hyatt, Harry Middleton.  Hoodoo, Conjuration, Witchcraft, Rootwork:  Beliefs accepted by many Negroes and white persons, these being orally recorded among Blacks and whites.  Western Publishing, 1970.

Spencer, Jon Michael.  Blues and Evil.  U of Tennessee Press, 1993.

Finn, Julio.  The Bluesman:  The Musical Heritage of Black Men and Women in the Americas.  Interlink Publishing Group, 1998.

Gussow, Adam.  “Heaven and Hell Parties:  Ministers, Bluesmen, and Black Youth in the Mississippi Delta, 1920-1942.  Arkansas Review 41.3 (Winter/December 2010):  126-203.

Michael Taft’s Prewar Blues Lyric Cocordance.

Marcus, Greil.  Mystery Train:  Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music.  1975.  5th ed.  Plume, 2008.

Banks, Russell.  “The Devil and Robert Johnson:  The Blues and the 1990s.”  The New Republic (1975):  27-31.

Wald, Elijah.  Escaping the Delta:  Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues.  Amistad, 2004.

Work, John W. and Lewis Wade Jones, Samuel C. Adams Jr., and Robert Gordon.  Lost Delta Found:  Rediscovering the Fisk University – Library of Congress Coahoma Country Study, 1941-1942.  Vanderbilt U Press, 2005.

Lipsitz, George.  “Remembering Robert Johnson:  Romance and Reality.”  In The Possessive Investment in Whiteness:  How White People Profit from Identity Politics.  Temple U Press, 1998.

Drowne, Kathleen.  Spirit of Defiance:  National Prohibition and Jazz Age Literature.  Ohio State U Press, 2005.